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pcmag.comFacebook engineers built applications that stored unencrypted passwords on internal servers which could be searched by over 20,000 employees....

pcmag.comAt this point, the pilot is very small: T-Mobile said it plans to send invites to a 'limited' group of customers 'in rural and underserved markets.'...

pcmag.comLast Friday's shooting slipped past Facebook's system because it didn't have data to train its AI on live-streamed mass shootings. The incident also resembled first-person shooter video game footage, which is common on the platform....

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pcmag.comT-Mobile announced a home broadband trial today, but it's not anything most people will ever be able to buy. The Uncarrier just want to get its merger with Sprint approved....

pcmag.comAn entry-level monochrome inkjet printer, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-M5299 prints well and is very inexpensive to use, making it an exceptional value for small- to medium-size offices....

pcmag.comBest Buy is having a sale that includes a slew of different Chromebook models. With total savings of up to $200, this is not a deal you'll want to miss....

computerworld.comPilot fish is the non-IT IT guy for about 30 fellow cubicle farmers — the person the others turn to before calling IT with a problem. Comes one morning when fish is late, and one of his neighbors with a flickering CRT monitor can’t wait to ask for fish’s help. So when fish does arrive, he sees three guys from IT gathered around that flickering monitor, stumped. They have changed the monitor, the graphics card, the refresh rate, all to no avail. Fish enters his neighbor’s cubicle, moves his new desk fan one foot to the right, and — voilà! — the flicker is gone. The three IT guys all leave without comment.Sharky is a big fan of true tales of IT life. Send me yours at Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!. You can also subscribe to the Daily Shark Newsletter and read some great old tales in the Sharkives.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comFacebook is developing its own cryptocurrency for payments, according to at least two reports, a move that has the potential to make the social network billions of dollars while also helping to eliminate fake news and bots.Although the social media giant has not publicly commented on reports from Bloomberg and The New York Times, it did acknowledge it's exploring the distributed ledger technology (DLT).To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comThose of you who discovered a new optional patch, KB 4493132, on your Windows 7 machines this morning can breathe a sigh of relief. Although Microsoft’s official documentation says the nagware “patch” (if you can call it that) should come through automatic update, in fact every report I’ve seen so far says that KB 4493132 is playing nice, sitting in the “Optional” list in Windows Update.The KB article itself has almost no information:To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comApple’s new edition AirPods carry a brand-new piece of proprietary silicon the company calls the H1 (Headphone) chip. What do we know about it?What we know about the H1 chip in Apple’s new AirPods While the new AirPods look exactly like the previous models – little white spikes that dangle out your ears -- they bring useful enhancements: 50 percent more talk time, support for hands-free Siri, faster device syncs, better sounding music playback, power management improvements – and just about all of these improvements depend on Apple’s new H1 chip.  To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comMozilla this week released Firefox 66, which by default now blocks all audio and video auto-play.Other additions and enhancements to Firefox 66 included promised smoother scrolling, search within multiple tabs and clearer warnings of possible security problems on a website about to be rendered on the screen.[ Related: How to replace Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 ] Engineers also patched 21 vulnerabilities, five of them labeled "Critical," Mozilla's highest threat ranking. "Some of these bugs showed evidence of memory corruption and we presume that with enough effort that some of these could be exploited to run arbitrary code," Mozilla reported.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comUser calls support pilot fish with PC problems, and he goes to work sorting out her issues. But after a minute or so, she says, “Can you hold on for a second?” and puts down the phone.Fish waits. After a few seconds, he hears people in the background begin singing “Happy Birthday” and then cheering — after which he’s pretty sure he can make out the sounds of people eating cake.Fish keeps waiting. A few minutes later, he finally hears the user picking up the handset again.But before he can say, “Hello, welcome back,” the user hangs up.“I guess I wasn’t invited to that party. No cake for me,” sighs fish.“For the record, I have no plans to burn down the building, which will undoubtedly make my boss very happy.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comAt a time when 2-in-1 tablets are coming of age in business, ultraslim laptops with traditional clamshell designs are staging a comeback with sales gains in an otherwise flat market, according to IDC. These systems deliver top performance in a thin, light, and sophisticated package.Choosing an executive notebookTo read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)...

computerworld.comApple is expected to introduce a credit card in partnership with Goldman Sachs. How could it make this card a must-have item for its premium customers?How Apple can thrive While the attention is focused on Apple’s surprise product release salvo and its forthcoming video streaming services launch on March 25, there are also claims the company will introduce its own credit card with Goldman Sachs, whose CEO, David Solomon, is expected to attend the Apple launch event.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comIt's rare for a piece of tech news to truly catch me off-guard these days — to actually make me open my eyes wide, mutter something along the lines of "crikey," and then scratch my gorilla-head as I try to make sense of what happened.Well, lemme tell ya, my fellow primate: That very thing went down last week when word broke that Google was moving dozens of employees off its laptop/tablet hardware team and into other roles within the company. The news got a bit buried amidst all the Android Q beta brouhaha, but as first noted by Business Insider, the shift affects both hardware engineers and program managers whose pending projects have been called off. It's part of a broader series of hardware-related "road-map cutbacks," the site's sources reported, and is seen as being a first step in Google's plan to "pare down" its product lineup.To read this article in full, please click here...

computerworld.comTrello has added a variety of new security and admin features to help large organizations manage the task management app across multiple teams, including new privacy settings to prevent users from sharing sensitive information on public boards.The update to Trello Enterprise is the biggest since the launch of the service in 2015, said founder Michael Pryor, and follows growing demand for the app among large businesses.[ Related: 6 tips for scaling up team collaboration tools ] While some people use the app for personal purposes, Pryor said around 70% of customers use Trello for work. There are now 35 million registered Trello users, and 1 million teams – an indication of how many are using the app for collaborative purposes.To read this article in full, please click here...

pcmag.comHere's how to create your own Amazon Alexa skill for customized stories, quizzes, responses, and mor Alexa Blueprints lets you create your own Amazon Alexa skill for customized stories, quizzes, and more. And now you can publish them on the Alexa Skills Store....

pcmag.comThe Sony Xperia X10 Plus delivers solid performance for a midrange phone, but there are stronger options available that offer greater value....

pcmag.com'It's not opening the gates of hell, but it's not a paradise,' Garry Kasparov says about AI. Artificial intelligence learns from us, so we should really fear bad actors, not killer robots....

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